Academic writing: first steps

Course Dates: 11/02/23 - 12/02/23
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
Learn the basics of the academic approach to writing, including how to change your own style so that it fits this essential register for university students and researchers.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00

Course Code: HCS67

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Sat-Sun, day, 11 Feb - 12 Feb '23

Duration: 2 sessions

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What is the course about?

What is academic writing? What makes a different from journalism, or commentary or prose? On this course you will be introduced to the basics of academic writing. You'll find out how to begin writing in the right style for university students, researchers, and academics, and how to change your own writing style so that it fits this essential register.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

-The basics and key features of academic writing.
- Structuring and writing in an academic style.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify key features of academic writing.
- Write a paragraph in academic style.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is aimed at undergraduate level, but could also be helpful to Master's students who want to refresh their understanding of planning and writing in an academic style. A good level of written and spoken English is assumed for students at this level in UK universities, and you should also have a clear understanding of the requirements and guidelines for the dissertation on your particular course.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The taster workshop will include presentation of material, exercises to 'test' and develop basic understanding of the skills discussed, and possible reading/critiquing in class session, of a piece of writing to better understand skills and strategies covered. Tutor presentation will be interwoven with discussion, and some reflection time.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

None. Just anything to take notes on for yourself if you would like to.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We have other longer academic writing workshops aimed at different levels. Please visit the Writing section of the College's online website -

Anne Wilson

Anne Wilson is a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow who uses her experience as a professional writer to help undergraduates and postgraduates improve their academic writing. A former freelance journalist and award-winning corporate scriptwriter, she gets behind the mystique of academic writing to make it accessible to all.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.